What happened on June 22, 2008
Cheap Fix Marni Jameson, Special to The Times
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
Beach blanket babylon Steven Kotler, Steven Kotler is the author of "West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief."
Paper trails Marisa Silver, Marisa Silver is the author, most recently, of "The God of War."
Under the radar Edward Lazarus, Edward Lazarus, a lawyer in private practice, is the author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."
Hay fever Sarfraz Manzoor, Sarfraz Manzoor writes for the Guardian. He is the author of the memoir "Greetings From Bury Park. "
Who was that masked man? Geoff Boucher, Geoff Boucher is a Times staff writer.
Novel choice Thomas McGonigle, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "Going to Patchogue" and "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov."
The great dream Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin reviews books for a variety of publications, including Newsday and the Boston Globe.
Solving for why Tod Goldberg, Tod Goldberg is the author of the novels "Living Dead Girl" and "Fake Liar Cheat" and, most recently, the short story collection "Simplify."
The end game James Gibbons, James Gibbons is an associate editor at the Library of America.
Reinventing Rwanda Stephen Kinzer, Stephen Kinzer, a former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, is the author, most recently, of "A Thousand Hills: Rwanda's Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It."
The Gitmo split Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.
The float vote Frank Luntz, Frank Luntz, a communications advisor whose clients have included Rudolph W. Giuliani, Michael R. Bloomberg and two dozen Fortune 500 companies, is the author of "Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear."
Hate it/Love it Maggie Gallagher and Joshua Baker, Maggie Gallagher is president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy and a co-author of "The Case for Marriage. Joshua Baker is a policy analyst with the institute.
David Baldacci will ruin you Joe Queenan, Joe Queenan writes frequently for Barron's, the New York Times Book Review and the Guardian.
L.A.'s homeless: A progress report Jennifer Wolch, Gary Blasi and Michael Dear, Jennifer Wolch and Michael Dear are professors of geography at USC. Gary Blasi is a law professor at UCLA.
Betting on the lottery Joe Mathews, Joe Mathews, a contributing writer for Opinion, is an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation.